• Lecturer in Music, Choral/Elementary Music Education
  • 864.294.2480
  • Daniel Music Building, Room 1A
  • kathy.cochran@furman.edu
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Kathy H. Cochran is an experienced educator who has instructed musicians at every level. Her expertise helps many Furman students prepare for a career in teaching music.

Cochran's research is focused on methods and strategies of instruction in general and choral music, integration of music into the general education curriculum, and effects of music on human physiology, psyche, and culture.

Name Title Description

MUS-051

Colloquium

MUS-430

Music for Elementary Teachers

Designed to prepare students to teach singing and general music in elementary school. Explores methodologies of children's music, the teaching of music reading and basic elements of music, and the use of music in the teaching of other academic content areas.

MUS-431

Vocal & Choral Methods

Comprehensive study in methods of teaching vocal production in the choral setting and the private studio. Considerable emphasis on breathing, phonation, diction, intonation. In addition to the adult voice, consideration is given to the child and adolescent vocal technique. Designed to develop teaching skill.

MUS-433

Music Education Methods

Designed to prepare students for K-12 teaching certification in choral and general music. Explores methodological, philosophical, managerial, instructional, and administrative factors specific to general music curricula and choral programs in middle and high schools

MUS-434

Elementary Music Methods

Required for choral/ general music education majors. Explores Orff, Dalcroze, Kod224ly, Suzuki, and Gordon, their theories of teaching children, and/or their instructional methods and strategies. Other topics include how to teach children to sing properly, how to teach musical concepts and basic skills such as sight-reading and active listening, and how to incorporate technology into the elementary music classroom.

We do the best we can with what we have. Prior knowledge is the basis of all new learning. We learn best what we teach. Teaching is more than a job; it is a calling. The only real failure is the failure to try. Perseverance is 99% of the game of life. A teacher's job is to program students for success. We can't expect people to display behaviors they have never been taught.

  • Teacher of the Year (Berea High School, Skyland Elementary School, Brook Glenn Elementary School, Taylors Elementary School, Pierce Terrace Elementary School)
  • Composed theme song for world's largest concert: Music is for All Ages
  • Selected for inclusion in Furman Standard
Education
Ph.D.
Clemson University
M.M.
University of South Carolina
B.M.
Furman University
A.A.
North Greenville University
Training Under
Richard Maag and Bingham Vick
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